Important Changes to Covid-19 Funding from 1st October 2023

Covid Care to focus on eligibility for antiviral medicines

Eligibility for antiviral medicine to treat COVID-19 will become the key focus of primary, Hauora provider and community pharmacy care from 1st October.  This will ensure the people who are most at risk of serious outcomes from the virus receive the support they need.  

The continued and greater focus on antiviral therapies reflects the transition to managing COVID-19 in the same way as other acute respiratory conditions. 

People who are not at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19 can still access related healthcare at their doctor, hauora provider or pharmacy, but they will be asked to pay just like they do for other health services. 

Masks: We now have a voluntary mask policy. If you have any viral or respiratory symptoms please inform our receptionist and we will arrange to see you in our outdoor consult room.

We thank you for you continued support in protecting our vulnerable patients.

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Covid-19 vaccine booster

We are no longer providing Covid Vaccine Boosters at the practice. If you require a vaccine booster please attend the walk-in clinic at Rangiora – Tauranga Moana at the Fraser Cove Shopping Centre. 219-261 Fraser Street. Phone 0800 282 926.

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Cold, Flu or Covid-19

One of the big questions we ask ourselves now when we fall ill with cold or flu like symptoms is have I got a cold, flu or Covid-19?

A cold is a mild illness lasting 1-2 weeks although some symptoms can last longer i.e. a cough

The flu (influenza) is a moderate to severe illness with a sudden onset of symptoms lasting 7-19 days. Symptoms include fever (temp of 38 degrees Celsius) or higher, shivering, muscle aches, headache and tiredness. Bed rest is needed.

Covid-19 symptoms are similar to cold or flu. If you are experiencing fever (temp of 38 degrees celsius) or higher, shortness of breath, cough, a sore throat, sneezing and runny nose, temporary loss of sense of smell, upset stomach, possible with diarrhoea or vomiting please test for Covid or call reception for an appointment in one of our up to date clinical rooms in the carpark.

Click on link below for further information.

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